It can be very satisfying seeing the results of a job well done on an electrical system. Let there be light as they say, but working on an electrical system can be risky. Before you touch that outlet, are you sure you’re taking the necessary precautions to avoid unnecessary accidents? If you aren’t sure then here are a few safety tips and tricks to keep in mind when doing DIY electrical work.
Turn Off The Power
Make sure that the power is turned off before even thinking of touching your home’s electrical system. It may seem like common sense but many people wanting to do DIY electrical work forget about this basic step and pay for it dearly.
For smaller scale projects it is as easy as unplugging the appliance you want to work on. Working on your electrical system itself requires that you turn off your home’s power if possible. Go to your main circuit breaker and make sure to switch it off.
Do check if the power is really off. Flicking your light on and off is not going to cut it and may get you shocked. Use a socket tester or a voltage meter to make sure that there isn’t enough current going through the socket to electrocute you. If the current is at an acceptable level then you’re good to go.
Use Protective Gear
Protecting yourself from a nasty shock is at the top of your priority list. Having the right protective gear for your DIY job can mean the difference between a job well done and a joy ride in an ambulance. Some examples of electrical safety gear you can use include:
- Insulated gloves, shoes and matting
- Grounding Kits
- Protective Goggles
- Ear Muffs
Having protective gear is not enough though. Properly maintaining your gear is also important as having any flaws in them could lead to an electric shock that you could have been avoided. Keep your gear in a safe location away from any water, pets and toddlers and check them for any flaws before starting to work on your outlets, wires and cords.
You wouldn’t want your gloves to have a hole in them when you touch that wire would you?
Keep Water Away
Water conducts electricity. We’ve all been taught that in school. You should make sure that there isn’t any water around you when you start working on your system as one drip of water can end in disaster.
Wipe puddles and seal off leaks near your workspace before handling your electrical system. Make sure to check the weather as well. Seeing stormy weather is a clear sign to reschedule your DIY project for a later date.
Know When to Call an Electrician
Don’t overestimate what you can do with your electrical system. It can be satisfying seeing your chandelier light up without the help of a professional, but whenever you do a DIY project you need to ask yourself whether you can do it without causing any accidents during and after working on it. If you’re not 100% sure, then it’s time to call in the pros.
Throwing in the towel and calling for a licensed professional to handle it is an acceptable thing to do. Licensed electricians will ensure that the job is expertly done while ensuring the safety of your family and property. So you don’t have to worry about anything other than his bill.